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No Road Romance

By Pete Townshend, April 1978

>Appears on Who Are You (1996 reissue), 1978

Written by Pete Townshend ©1978 Towser Tunes, Inc.

 

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transcribed by

litgo@aol.com 01-16-2000

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Dm xx12 10 10 10 Eb x6888x

Fmaj7/C 8x10 9 10 8 Bb 688766

Ebmaj7/Bb 6x8786 Ab 466544

Bb/G x10 888x Cm x46654

Eb/C 8x888x Ebmaj7 x68786

F x8 10 10 10 x G 335433

Ebmaj7/G x(10)8786 or x10 888(10) Dsus2 xx0230

A (5)x7655 Gsus4 (3)x5533

D x00232 Asus4 (5)x7755

 

[piano approximately arranged for guitar]

 

 

[verse]

Dm Fmaj7/C

When you look through the lights to the stage

Ebmaj7/Bb

You see the man of your dreams

Eb/G Eb/C F

You think his life's full parties and love but it's not what it seems

 

Dm Fmaj7/C

If you could see in his room right now

Ebmaj7/Bb

You'd see how much love is showed

Ebmaj7/G A D

There's never really any romance on the road

 

His forehead seems cut in two by the crease in his brow

He chews his nails as he fidgets just trying to settle on down

The TV channels keep flippin', his adrenaline slowed

There's never really any romance on the road, oh no

 

[chorus]

Eb F Bb

There's never romance on the road

Eb/C Eb/G Ab

Only frustration and overload

Eb Cm

He could fall in love, but he'd never know

Ebmaj7 Ebmaj7/G

For she's only riding and he's only hiding

F Cm

He's sure to ask, 'cause she won't say no

F F Bb

But there's never really any romance on the road

 

He was up in the bar straight-backed, did you see him before?

Did he sign you his name, come with me, listen in at his door

Hear himself so drunk calling home, can't remember the code

You know, there's never really any romance on the road, oh no no no

 

[bridge]

G

He's held some beautiful girls in his arms,

D Dsus2 D

But now he clutches his bunk

A Ab

For all the good that they're doing him now he might as well be a monk

Eb Eb/G Eb/C

For his memories ain't worth a thing 'til he's old and he's gone

G Gsus4 G A Asus4 A

And his past never quite catches up, the show's moving on

 

[repeat verse]

Did he say he kept a picture of a blonde-haired girl who'd been kind

When he was last home his own daughter brought it into his mind

Maybe closing bars and jets, paid some debts that he owed

But there's never really any romance on the road

 

[repeat chorus]

There's never romance on the road

Only frustration and overload

He's never learned a thing from the dust that blowed

On stage for an hour on a laser beam tower

But you know he slept while a neon glowed

There's never really any romance on the road

 

There's never romance on the road

Only frustration and overload

He could fall in love, but he'd never know

For she's only riding and he's only hiding

He's sure to ask, but she won't say no

There's never really any romance on the road

 

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litgo@aol.com

 

 

 

 

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